Bev, Our Pettigrew cousin did the original DNA testing in December, 2005 and upgraded the test twice since that time. I am most thankful to George A. Petticrew for his guidance, and willingness to share comparisons. What the DNA results offered to our genealogical search was a firm familial connection; a defined direction to proceed. We still obviously have a lot of work to complete to find the paper trail and fill in all the blanks, but I was very pleased with our DNA outcome and what it offered to clarify ancestral possibilities. The Westmoreland County tax records were grouped by year, distinguished by township, and then alphabetical within that group. Unfortunately they were not tabulated the same as census records so one could determine proximity between Jacob and Robert’s households. The Poor Children records were often at the end of annual tax register, and I found them quite by accident. Or as some would say, there are no coincidences. In N. Huntingdon Twp. Jacob owned only cows from 1822-1825. There was a gap in the records between years 1825 and 1829. From 1829-1831 Jacob reappears in Hempfield Twp. with 25 acres, and 1 cow and in 1832-33 listed again in Hempfield with only 1 cow. The last two years offer the designation of “laborer” for Jacob Pettigrew. I would like to find a primary source for Jacob and Elizabeth’s marriage; I feel they were probably married in Westmoreland County. Hempfield Township formed in 1773 and was mostly German. The Henry family is listed among the early settlers.I found a Henry family listed on a surname index of Brush Creek Cemetery and a Christian and Elizabeth Henry were listed as participants of Brush Creek Reformed Church, Hempfield Twp., 1820-1858. An Elizabeth and Margretta Henry took communion in June or November 1829 at that church. The name Pettigrew appears in West Newton Cemetery. Thomas 1839-1874 father, David A. 1843-1932, Elizabeth 1853-1911, James H. 1878-1947 and Anna Peters 1877-1941. While these names are not currently relevant, the cemetery is located in Rostraver Twp. I also found a Robert Pedigrew in the 1798 Direct Tax of Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pa. There were two notations for Robert Pedigrew, one read: Particulars list B, line 136 AND Rostraver Township, General list E, line 135. So…..if the 1850 N. Huntingdon census is correct, this would make Robert Pettigrew 15 in 1798. I wonder if this could be his father also named Robert? Rostraver Twp. was also one of the original townships in Westmoreland and formed in 1773. On the homepage for Rostraver Twp. there is mention of a Rev. James Finley and his daughter Margaret and perhaps only coincidence. I agree with your theory re: Simon Howell being a possible brother to Hannah Pettigrew, based on the comparison of 1816 tax records and the 1850 census inclusion. It is another avenue to explore.
I am listing transcription of a bible record for Jacob Pettigrew and his family. Elizabeth Petigrew, the wife of Jacob Pettigrew died September the 4th, 1869 age 76 Jacob Pettigrew, died March 31, 1881, age 81 Eliza Jane Pettigrew died July the 24th, 1826 Elisabeth Pettigrew died June 1, 1839 Hannah Hilliard died April 18th, 1853 (note the name!) Josina Pettigrew died August the 31st, 1875
(I believe Jacob’s son John Pettigrew and daughter Lucinda Pettigrew McCartney were not included in this record as they survived Jacob)